••• Chicago-based La Kaiser Jewelry is opening a flagship at 1101 State Street (Figueroa), in the corner space next to Dune Coffee Roasters: “From vermeil stacking rings to solid gold fine jewelry pieces—our entire collection will be on display! We will also be adding permanent jewelry to the mix and can’t wait to see y’all!!” It’s aiming for this summer.
••• Home Crush has been running Instagram ads touting its May 1 opening on Lillie Avenue in Summerland, but exactly where remains a mystery, and the only address on its website is 10 E. Islay. Founder Aimee Miller was less coy about what to expect: “Excited to bring in furnishings, textiles for outdoor living along with fire and heat elements exclusive to us as we introduce many new luxury lines to California and the West Coast. Complete music and viewing integration for outdoor living as we emerge in 2022 to a new way of living.”
••• The makeover of De La Guerra Plaza will be in front of the Historic Landmarks Commission for a special meeting on April 22, and you can see the latest plans here. The city is standing firm about getting rid of the lawn.
••• When I’m in the mood for a little jazz piano trio, I often turn to the Konrad Paszkudzki Trio on Spotify. So I’ll be at the Lobero—and possibly the only non-AARP member in the audience—on September 15 when Paszkudzki’s quartet backs up a cast of singers for “Accentuate the Positive,” a show celebrating the Great American Songbook.
••• A press release from the city of Santa Barbara:
In March, the Lower Mission Creek Flood Control Project reached another milestone when contractors completed work on two sections. This project addresses flood control concerns and environmental issues by widening the creek to increase flood flow capacity, reducing flooding and property damage. The $5.5 million project located between Chapala and De La Vina Streets at Reaches 2B-2 (under Highway 101) and Reach 3 (between Highway 101 and Gutierrez Street) was funded by the County Flood Control and Water Conservation District. […] The highlight of this project’s current phase was the construction of a bypass culvert underneath the freeway. Because it was not feasible to widen the creek that bends around the train station under the freeway, an additional channel was built to increase flood flow capacity. The natural water flow will continue through the historic Mission Creek—which serves as a passage for rainbow and steelhead trout—and the bypass channel will only be used when water flow reaches a certain peak volume. The overall prroject is designed to increase capacity for a twenty-year storm event. […] Work on Reach 4 (between Gutierrez and Haley) is expected to begin in 2023.
••• I have fond memories of Calistoga Ranch, the Napa Valley hotel operated by Auberge Resorts that was destroyed in the 2020 Glass Fire, so a new Auberge property in the area is exciting news to me. Stanly Ranch, at the valley’s southern end, “is a vibrant destination cultivating community, this is the new generation Napa resort driven by active and bold experiences on a historic working ranch.” Auberge has been emailing out an offer for a $500 resort credit; I’m not sure whether it’s available to everyone, but you might try clicking here to book (I receive nothing from it) or simply asking for it. N.B. Auberge is the company operating the rebooted Inn at Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos, making its debut this June.
••• Opening April 23 at Maune Contemporary: Truth or Friction?, a solo show by Justin Lyons. “Justin’s mediums include wood, acrylic, house paint, spray paint, oil stick, epoxy resin and pencil. […] Justin’s inspirations are most often triggered by a word, phrase or thought, which in association with the other elements within the work, intend to try and tell a story without giving away too much, letting the viewer interpret his own connection to the piece.”
••• And up now at Marcia Burtt Gallery: “Cultivated, featuring paintings and photographs of our agricultural surroundings by gallery artists.”
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